[Avodah] “Timtum Ha-Lev” Redux

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Oct 10 14:12:25 PDT 2017

On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 06:30:33PM +0000, Rich, Joel via Avodah wrote:
: From R' Aviner Dulling of the Heart to Save One's Life
:     A: No. Maran Ha-Rav Kook writes in his book "Musar Avicha" (p. 19)
:     that the dulling of one's heart comes from violating a prohibition
:     and not from the food itself (Yoma 39a. And see Meharsha on
:     Shabbat 33a)....

Yay! Finally I have sources to look at. "Vehayisa akh sameiach" just
became a little easier.

Does anyone have "Mussar Avikha", "Uvdos veHanhagos miBeis Brisk" (vol II
p 50) and/or "Orchos Yosheir" (#13)? Do any of them discuss mezuzah and the
consequent shemirah, or any of the other related segulah-like effects
of mitzvos we've tied in to previous iterations?

Look at that list of names: I'm not wrong, just Litvish!

Tangent: The Gra said that "vehayisa akh sameiach" is the hardest mitzvah
in the Torah. "Veyahisa sameiach" is one thing, but "akh sameiach"? To be
nothing but happy, with no other moods ambivalently mixed in for 8 days
(9 in chu"l) straight?

Tir'u baTov!

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